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Recruiting potential Paleo Peeps

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 28, 2011 at 5:28 PM

How many people have you brought to the (NEW) Paleo Era? And is there one person you still are working to convince or who you brought on board who you never thought you could

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on June 28, 2011
at 10:08 PM

No, I'm just being a brat. :) I do find it hard not to tell a lot of people about paleo. I'm just anti-preaching.

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on June 28, 2011
at 08:59 PM

Things don't always have to be so black and white, do they? What's wrong with wanting to share your knowledge? I think it's fun to have healthy, mature debates with others, not force things down anyones thoat. I didn't read CONSCRIPTION in the post anywhere.

8a4ce6a9e1ab27616920b828df08b259

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on June 28, 2011
at 06:30 PM

If I won the lottery, I'd shout my elation from the rooftops and force everyone I loved to come share the joy with me on my newly-purchased island, and if they resisted, I'd launch a holy-lottery war.

016de26fe61daf799662d3b7b2468324

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on June 28, 2011
at 06:14 PM

If you won the lottery would you go sit on an island all by yourself? :)

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on June 28, 2011
at 06:13 PM

Recent recruitment thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/47284/what-are-your-techniques-when-recruiting-paleo-converts#axzz1Qay06tYA Lots of good threads about "Paleo Evangelism" http://paleohacks.com/questions/tagged/evangelism#axzz1Qay06tYA

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on June 28, 2011
at 07:42 PM

This is not a Religion, we do not recruit.

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on June 28, 2011
at 06:10 PM

Why is there this constant need to recruit others to think like you do? Not you in particular, but this question comes up pretty often. I choose to eat this way for me and thats good enough.

016de26fe61daf799662d3b7b2468324

(688)

on June 28, 2011
at 06:14 PM

If you won the lottery would you go sit on an island all by yourself? :)

016de26fe61daf799662d3b7b2468324

(688)

on June 28, 2011
at 08:59 PM

Things don't always have to be so black and white, do they? What's wrong with wanting to share your knowledge? I think it's fun to have healthy, mature debates with others, not force things down anyones thoat. I didn't read CONSCRIPTION in the post anywhere.

8a4ce6a9e1ab27616920b828df08b259

(354)

on June 28, 2011
at 10:08 PM

No, I'm just being a brat. :) I do find it hard not to tell a lot of people about paleo. I'm just anti-preaching.

8a4ce6a9e1ab27616920b828df08b259

(354)

on June 28, 2011
at 06:30 PM

If I won the lottery, I'd shout my elation from the rooftops and force everyone I loved to come share the joy with me on my newly-purchased island, and if they resisted, I'd launch a holy-lottery war.

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8a4ce6a9e1ab27616920b828df08b259

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on June 28, 2011
at 06:27 PM

Eww, yeah.. just substitute the word "Paleo" for "Christian" or "Dragon-worshiping" or something like that. NO, no, no, no, NO. This is not a religion. It's freaking F-O-O-D. Yes, we believe eating this way is much healthier, and the only way to eat, etc, etc. But religious fanatics truly believe their way is better, and the "only way", too. Ugh, just no.

We are concerned for our family and friends with their diets, I know. We want them to feel as good as we do. And, admit it, we want to be 'right'. We want the respect and acknowledgment that we knew something first. But we have to hold back trying to recruit people. The only people who are going to adopt this lifestyle based on just what we tell them/show them, and not through their own experiences are going to be weak-minded, in my opinion, and it probably wouldn't last. And if it does last, they're going to be the militant paleo soldier type people who scoff at you LOOKING at non-pastured eggs.

The best way to get people you love to eat like you do is to just keep doing it yourself, and let them watch you glow. They'll probably then eat some paleo things, but still keep doing what they're doing. Let them see that you hardly ever have to go to the doctor, let them see your bloodwork. It's not "paleo" to be stressing over getting people to be paleo, at least that's what I think. And besides, do you REALLY want the whole world to suddenly start eating paleo? Really? There are too many people on this earth for that. Want your grass-fed beef to be $100 a pound? And selfishly enough, you'd lose your advantage over the non-paleo eating people. ;-)

Anyway, to be not an ay-hole and answer your question...my husband eats paleo, my kids do about 98% (they do eat some white rice and rice products..especially my son, as it's a struggle to keep weight on him) my best friend was already eating pretty paleo and totally understands the whole concept, and wants to start a ranch, and my mother also understands the concept (which is impressive, considering her quasi-creationist beliefs) but won't get rid of her fat-phobia, and does the damned HCG diet. I don't intend on trying to get more people to come on board with me.
Everyone sees how much weight I've lost, and how much sharper my brain is, and they know I eat paleo, and maybe when they start to have health problems or digestive issues they'll come to me for advice, but until then, I eat my liver and shut my face.

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on June 28, 2011
at 09:48 PM

I have found that there is no need to recruit anyone. My results speak for themselves. I have had 5-6 people switch to Paleo after asking me about how I lost weight. This is the same way I was "recruited." I saw someone who had remarkable results and I asked him how he got there.

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on June 28, 2011
at 05:53 PM

I've told plenty of people about it, but haven't gotten anyone to try it yet. I'm working on convincing my whole family. They all congratulate me on my progress, but won't even try it.

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on June 28, 2011
at 10:38 PM

Information, behaviors, and ideas are contagious (read "tipping point" by Malcolm Gladwell), but, as in the case of all complex systems, power laws (pareto's principle aka the 80/20 rule) prevail, and certain individuals are more infectious than others.

Some people are content to simply be carriers rather than transmitters of information. If you have a desire to share it, do it without attachment to the results. Will it rub some people the wrong way, sure, but making someone uncomfortable by confronting them with a challenging idea or notion is nothing to shy away from.

Do you have to get into people faces and tell them that they are stupid for eating doritos? Of course not, but, if sharing information that has been truly helpful in your life feels good to you, do it.

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